I participated in what I consider a good mix. I went to classes with
sighted kids most of the time but had a class a day where the blind kids
were all in one room learning braille, working on spelling and particular
things useful and different in teaching for blind compared with sighted
children. This was in grades one through four. I went to regular main
streamed high school and had a teacher come in one hour a day to help
out. The combination gave me the assistance I needed, taught me to be
independent and find needed resources (like how to hire readers for college
and get books) and be mainstreamed. I know my parents worked closely with
the school system to make this possible. Considering we moved about ever
two or three years this meant several school systems. They did a terrific
job. I attribute much of my later success to this careful early planning
and dedication on their part.
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